Middleton hails a great week for Ashington CFC

Boss Gary Middleton hailed a great week in what has so far been a terrific season for Ashington CFC following their 4-3 victory at Newton Aycliffe on Saturday.

A win which came four days after a 2-0 success over Bishop Auckland.

Middleton said: “I thought it was a great result over the 90 minutes in difficult conditions which were not favourable for any kind of football.

“The first half was pretty even and I thought their main threat was from us overloading going forward as they were hitting us on the counter.

“But we went into the interval with a one-nil lead following a great worked goal featuring some great passing and superb play down the left hand side which was finished off by Glen Taylor.” He added: “I thought we managed the game well and we looked comfortable at one-nil, but we knew it would not be easy.

“Marc Walton had to come off at half-time with a slight calf injury, but David Carson has then been terrific, linking with Glen Taylor and the midfield and he fully deserved his goal, finishing it off with aplomb on the volley after Darren Lough has played it through to him.

“Unfortunately Aycliffe have hit us straight away with a wicked cross which Karl (Dryden) could only parry out and the lad (Wilson) has put the rebound in.”

But Middleton was pleased with how his team responded to th Aycliffe goal.

“We came back again with a super finish from Johnson and the fourth goal was a marvellous team effort,” he said.

“It started on the left hand side with Kyle Downey and ended up on the right at Martin Brittain’s feet, who has put a superb cross in and Glen Taylor has netted with a great header.

“We were really comfortable, but give Aycliffe their due, they kept going and you cannot give their side opportunities as they consequently fought their way back into the game and forced us to hold out for the last five minutes.”

But Middleton gave his side the ultimate pat on the back despite Ayclffe clawing their way back into the game.

He added: “To be fair, by taking three points at Aycliffe on the back of another three at Bishop Auckland, it has been a magnificent week for us.

“The lads have been fantastic – although they have been all season – but just of late we have had to come to some tough places and I think we have seen a different side of the Ashington team, a unit who can come away and dig deep and grind out results on difficult pitches.”

Middleton was disappointed as his side leaked two goals in a seven-minute period towards the end of the game, but is in no doubt that his players, staff and supporters will enjoy their Christmas.

“David Carson was feeling a back strain and we made a substitution which we hoped would make us a bit more solid, but unfortunately the reverse happened, which was a bit disappointing as we conceded twice,” he said.

“But we can all have a good Christmas – and the turkey will taste so much better on Wednesday, that’s for sure.”